Welcome to possibly THE easiest recipe on this whole blog. Not only do these Salty Padron Peppers only really have one real ingredient, but there’s also only one real step involved. In my eyes, this makes them the simplest recipe ever. Yet somehow, also one of the tastiest.
For a long time now my family have bought organic vegetables from a brilliant company called Abel and Cole. This ethically minded and eco-friendly company supplies organic-only foods and has a moral compass. Usually, we get a weekly vegetable box which we are able to tailor to our own needs and wants. However, due to the current pandemic crisis, Abel and Cole have limited the ability to tailor-make your box. So now, every week, what we find upon opening our vegetable box is a surprise.
This is actually really good for my family – we often get stuck in a cooking rut and revert back to our favourite ingredients. Being unable to choose our own has lead to us receiving things we wouldn’t normally buy, and therefore being creative and trying new recipes in the kitchen. This weeks surprise vegetable was a pile of beautiful green Padron peppers.
We had only ever tried Salty Padron Peppers on holiday before, but had loved them every time. Even with next to no seasoning, these peppers are so full of flavour and have a wonderful melt in the mouth texture. I had always thought the chefs must have cooked them in some special way to achieve this. So when I received our Padron peppers in the veg box, I made it my mission to find out how to cook them properly. However, I soon realised, they are possibly the easiest thing to cook ever. Every recipe I found simply told me to fry them in a little olive oil, and serve!
I was dubious at first – could such a simple method create the beautiful taste and texture I remembered? But I tried it, and was not disappointed! The trick is to season with plenty of high-quality flaky sea salt at the end. This really enhances the natural flavours of the peppers. Another great thing about these peppers is that there is next to no waste at all. Other than the tiny stalk, you can literally eat the entire thing, seeds included.
So grab yourself some of these beautiful peppers, some flaky sea salt, and a little olive oil. You’re already well on your way to creating a delicious vegetable side dish!
Salty Padron Peppers
- 10 green padron peppers
- 2 tbsp light olive oil
- 1 tbsp flaky sea salt
- Heat the oil in a pan on high heat for a few minutes.
- Add the peppers to the oil – it should be hot enough that they sizzle.
- Cook the peppers for 5 minutes, turning them over every minute or so until all sides are charred.
- Serve in a dish and sprinkle the sea salt all over.
Method in Pictures
Gather your ingredients
Heat the oil in a pan on very high
Add the peppers to your pan and cook for five minutes, turning them over
Once charred, serve in a dish with lots of flaky sea salt